Job Overview

Summary

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Agency serves rural communities throughout the country by investing in their communities through housing and utility infrastructure, by increasing economic opportunity, and by improving the quality of life for all rural Americans.  Rural Development provides over 40 loan and grant programs in the Rural Housing and Community Facilities Services, Rural Business and Cooperative Services, and Rural Utilities Service. Rural Development supports a positive work environment and promotes diversity and inclusion for nearly 5,000 employees.

Rural Development is a dynamic organization recruiting for employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those in rural communities and will enjoy working in a fast paced and results driven organization.  Our commitment is to expand economic opportunity and quality of life in all of rural America by providing financial programs to support essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service.  Rural Development offers a friendly and professional working environment and such excellent benefits as: a generous salary, alternative work schedules, paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.

This position is located in the Policy and Outreach Division, Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The Telecommunications Program improves the quality of life in rural America by providing capital for the deployment of rural telecommunications infrastructure. USDA Rural Development is committed to ensuring that rural areas have access to affordable, reliable, advanced telecommunications services comparable to those available throughout the rest of the United States. With this access, rural America will see improved educational opportunities, health care, safety and security and ultimately, higher employment.

This announcement may be used to fill additional or subsequent vacancies that are identified by the organization.

Duties

  • Serves as a Senior Telecommunications Analyst and subject matter expert on the revenue streams for rural telecommunication service providers.
  • Performs research and analysis on broadband and other telecommunications issues
  • Reviews Federal Communications Commission (FCC) orders, Notices of Proposed Rulemakings and Public Notices and evaluates the economic impact on the RUS portfolio and pending loan applications.
  • Assesses FCC proposals for changes in the distribution methodologies for High Cost Loop Support (HCLS).
  • Assesses FCC proposals to change National Exchange Carriers Association (NECA) and USAC's Interstate Common Line Loop Support (ICLS) calculations and distribution methodologies.
  • Interprets USAC's quarterly Universal Service Fund (USF) Fund Projection filings and applies changes in projected funds disbursement by carrier to the RUS-T loan portfolio and pending loan applications.
  • Manages the design and development of complex models to be used in evaluation of loan applications associated with the FCC's Connect America Cost Model and the underlying databases providing the engineering and geographic information used to determine the costs by census block of deploying broadband capable networks.
  • Conducts research in the development of various financial analyses, including financial models, to determine the impact of proposed changes to rules and regulations (e.g., universal service, broadband deployment, etc.).

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 1-5 days

Relocation Authorized

  • No